It's high fives for Accrington Stanley Community Trust who are celebrating their fifth birthday this month.
The Trust has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2010 and is a non-profit, self-funding registered charity and community organisation which has raised more than £1million.
ASFC Community Trust work with the local community and has used the power of Accrington Stanley Football Club to improve the lives of the people of Hyndburn through participation in sport and exercise.
Martin Fearon, Community Trust Manager, said: “I am delighted with the progress we have made over the past five years. We take pride in providing opportunities for our community to become involved in.
"I know how important Accrington Stanley Community Trust is to the people of Hyndburn and what a great example it sets to youngsters.
"Every year is a challenge but we have a secure base at the Trust. We have the talent and ability to make it even better and look forward to sharing that vision with you.''
The Trust has developed and delivered a variety of projects and programmes over the five years, successfully engaging a staggering 10,000 people in the last 12 months across the areas of Hyndburn, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale.
The Trust has four key themes which are sport participation, health, social inclusion and education.
The Trust's positive results include:
- increasing participation in sport and exercise in Hyndburn by providing a range of sporting opportunities
- promoting well-being and healthy lifestyles within local communities
- providing activities that engage hundreds of disabled young people each year.
- running a hugely successful ‘Stanley Soccer League' with more than 400 adult participants playing seven-a-side football every week.
- giving free sports coaching sessions to disadvantaged young people.
- encouraging walking football and social activities for over 50s in the area to increase exercise and reduce social isolation.
- developing and empower leaders, coaches and volunteers.
- engaging and inspiring young people, raising and celebrating educational achievement.
The Trust has more than 40 full-time students studying BTEC qualifications and have progressed over 20 former students onto university. They have affiliations with more than 30 local primary schools and 18 secondary schools.
In addition to this, Accrington Stanley Community Trust now employs eight full time individuals from the local area, with six part-time staff members.
To get involved and to find out more about the Trust's work, visit www.stanleytrust.co.uk